That’s An Interesting Pick, Eh?

April 27, 2009 – 3:08 am by Ryan Phillips

Among the many strange happenings that occurred this weekend during the 2009 NFL Draft, was a curious selection by the San Diego Chargers. With the 13th pick in the fourth round the Bolts picked defensive tackle Vaughn Martin out of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Yes, Canada.

While at UWO, Martin played Canadian football (naturally). Therefore, both teams had 12 players at all times, the field was 110 yards long and teams only have three downs, instead of four in which to get a first down.

So the NFL will be a bit of an adjustment, yeah?

Here are some fun facts about Vaughn Martin:

– Measures in at 6’3, 331 pounds.

– Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto and London, Ontario.

– Worked out at Michigan’s pro day.

– Was drafted before anyone from Michigan.

– Ran a 4.96 40-yard dash.

– Threw up 44 bench reps.

– Can play as either a 5-technique defensive end, or a nose tackle.

– Has been compared to William “Refrigerator” Perry, as he also played as a short-yardage blocker and fullback. He’s also clearly in better shape than Perry.

– Was nicknamed “Vicious” by his teammates.

– He led Team Canada to a 10-0 victory over Team U.S.A. at NFL Global Junior Championship X, whatever the hell that is.

– Was scheduled to attend Michigan State after junior college but failed to enter because of transcript issues. Turned down offers to Toledo and Ohio to go to Michigan State.

So yeah, with the 113th overall pick, the Chargers drafted a ginormous Jamaican/Canadian guy who’s been playing Canadian football. Honestly, I’m stoked to see the guy play, sounds awesome.

For the record, Norv Turner is still the head coach in San Diego. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

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  1. 7 Responses to “That’s An Interesting Pick, Eh?”

  2. Should have read:
    “So the NFL will be an adjustment, eh?”

    Other than that, fantastic article.

    By Sean on Apr 27, 2009

  3. I’ve actually read about this guy in a few different places. Lots of teams had their eyes on him. Probably a good pickup, even if he is Canadian.

    By Pablo on Apr 27, 2009

  4. All the Jamaican/Canadians in the world aren’t going to trump that last line.

    By McD on Apr 27, 2009

  5. cool runnings, eh??

    By MamaD on Apr 27, 2009

  6. More like rumblings, as far as he’s concerned.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how he does. He’s certainly got eye-catching physical numbers, so the potential is there.

    What’s interesting to me is that he had a couple of years of eligibility left, so he could’ve stayed in school for at least another year, but age might have been a factor, and besides that, dude seems pretty confident about his abilities. You have to wonder though, if he’d gotten one more year under his belt, maybe he could’ve been a first or second-round pick if he did? Now that’d be something, eh?

    By Eddie on Apr 29, 2009

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